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silversage
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:38 pm    Post subject: Questions about grid spacing Reply with quote

As an experiment, I'm working on building a hexagonal, perone style hive and was having some thoughts/questions about the comb grid. The PDF I have about making a perone hive cites the grid spacing based on helping keep the brood and cluster warm. Where I live we get a couple months in the 90s F and have weeks of below 0 F in the winter and a fair bit of wind, low humidity. Would I possibly want a slightly different grid? I was wondering about a solid lid for the brood area with holes in it for bee access to the supers, but that might be going overboard a bit. The brood area is made from 1 inch thick oak if that makes any difference.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The bees will arrange the comb below the grid so that the ventilation suits them IMHO.

When I think of the number of different places I have seen them set up shop and manage it reminds me of how much of hive design is based around the beekeeper's convenience.
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